With over a decade of cannabis reform advocacy with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Bailey was Washington NORML’s Legislative Associate during the 2017-18 legislative sessions and the only lobbyist focused solely on recreational cannabis policy. He’s currently the consumer representative on the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Cannabis Advisory Council and consults for regulators, licensees, and individuals. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and lives in Lacey, Washington with his wife.
The speedier second half of the legislative session began in earnest this week, with public hearings on cannabis intellectual property, labs, WSLCB reform, and labeling.
The Board reviewed failed legislative initiatives, commented on media coverage, and agreed to nix a tribal issue brewing at the Department of Revenue.
A Frankensteinian bill, stitched together with parts from expired bill corpuses, has risen in the Senate after cutoff.
Only twelve out of fifty cannabis-related bills tracked by Cannabis Observer remain in motion.
Agency leadership discussed the Enforcement restructuring bills (SB 5318 + HB 1237) and shared the next MJ Freeway Leaf traceability release is pushed to June 4th.
The Board approved draft rules which would coordinate public health messaging re: cannabis use during pregnancy and heard testimony suggesting WSLCB resource more important work than chasing after advertising complaints.
Homegrow could be resurrected on the marijuana labeling bill, the courts have a high estimate to vacate misdemeanor possession convictions, and the WSLCB’s preferred enforcement restructuring bill moved ahead in the Senate.
The hemp bills, the lab accreditation bill, and the House version of the WSLCB enforcement reform bill made it out of their fiscal committees.
The agency has a new Deputy Director and quite a few bills on their plate.
Observations on the evolution of a bill which would enable Washington farmers to participate in the federal hemp program authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill.